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Director of Congregational Vibrancy Dirk Elliott

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Reach Network

Discover great possibilities for the future of your church through the Reach Network.

Did you attend the 2018 REACH Summit

Then, join a 2019 Network Group Today!

Continue learning throughout the year by participating in a REACH Network Group or accessing our REACH resources. Be inspired to transform your church and REACH new people with the good news of Jesus Christ. Click to learn more.  

The 2019 REACH Summit will be held on October 18-19, 2019.  Registration will open July 1, 2019.

Keynote speaker Elaine Heath leads a session of the 2018 REACH Summit
Elaine Heath was the keynote speaker for the Saturday session at the Reach Summit held in East Lansing on November 2-3, 2018. ~ Facebook image

REACH transforms self and world

Another awesome REACH Summit is over. Now seven REACH Network groups keep energy going and the Holy Spirit leading the pastors and laity across Michigan.

Across the state, Michigan United Methodist Churches are beginning to reach out to people in their communities they may not have had on their radar less than a decade ago. Their methods, and those they reach and disciple are as diverse as this country. Their energy is rising, too, building momentum as they follow where the Holy Spirit is leading.

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New Faith Communities/Vibrancy

All of healthy life is about growth and reproduction.  When churches intentionally grow they become healthier.  Consider how your local church might become more vibrant by adding a new small group, a new venue, worship or even a new campus. 

Look below to learn how to get started, or for those already started, check out the Upcoming Events, Toolbox, and Reach Network at left for excellent resources and services.

Starting a new small group

The easiest and fastest way to grow is with the start of new small groups.  Small groups are entry levels for people to get involved in the life of the church, build new relationships and grown in their faith.  They become stronger disciples and learn how to make new disciples.  

Starting a new venue

Worshiping in a new place is a great way to create new disciples. It may be a restaurant, pub, community building, or coffee house. New venues welcome people who would not normally come inside a church building and also reach secular people. 

Starting a new worship service

People like choices.  Times, days of the week and styles.  Most local churches are designed to meet the needs of just one group of people.  Adding a new service with new kinds of music, tempo, prayers, and even lighting, will welcome a whole new group to your church.  

Starting a new faith community

Your church may be feeling the call to reach out to new parts of your community.  Starting a new faith community is the easiest way to create new disciples, multiplies your values in a new setting and can even help smaller struggling churches grow again.